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  • Many thanks Sheereen. I am not the author of the stoy. Just done the slideshare:) Beautiful story
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  • Nicely written Xenia .. good life lesson .. thanks for sharing
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  • Hi dear , very beautiful !!! Wise and true !!! Thanks for sharing :))
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  • Give Your Parents Roses While The’re Alive, Not Dead
    Slideshare by Xenia
  • MY mom only had one eye. I hated her… she was such an embarrassment.
  • My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell… anything for the money we needed she was such an embarrassment.
  • There was this one day during elementary school… It was field day, andmy mom came. I was so embarrassed.
  • How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out.
  • The next day at school… “your mom only has one eye?!?!”…And they taunted me.
  •  I wished that my mom would just disappear from this world so I said to my mom, “mom… Why don’t you have the other eye?! If you’re only going to make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?!!!”
  • My mom did not respond…I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I’d wanted to say all this time… maybe it wasbecause my mom hadn’t punished me, but I didn’t think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.
  • That night… I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get aglass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid thatshe might wake me.
  • I took a look at her, and then turned away. Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of myheart.
    Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. 
  • I told myself that I would grow up and become successful. Because I hatedmy one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty… then I studied real hard
  • I left my mother and came to Seoul and studied, and got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids, too…
  • Now I’m living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it’s a place that doesn’t remind me of my mom. This happiness was getting bigger and bigger, when… what?! 
  • Who’s this?
  • …it was my mother… still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling apart on me. My little girl ran away, scared of my mom’s eye.
  • And I asked her, “who are you?!” “I don’t know you!!!” as if trying tomake that real. I screamed at her,” How dare you come to my house and scare my daughter!”
    “GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!” and to this, my mother quietly answered,
    “Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,” and she disappeared out of sight.
  • Thank goodness… she doesn’t recognize me… I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn’t going to care, or think about this for the rest of mylife.
  • Then a wave of relief came upon me
  • One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So, lying to my wife that I was going on a business trip, I went. After the reunion, I went down to the old shack, that I used to call a house…just out of curiosity there, I found my mother fallen on the cold ground. But I did not shed a single tear. She had a piece of paper in her hand…. it was a letter to me.
  • My son… I think my life has been long enough now… And… I won’t visit Seoul anymore… but would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come  visit me once in a while? I miss you so much… and I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I decided not to go to the school. …for you… and I’m sorry that I only have one eye, and I was an embarrassment for you.
  • You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. as a mom, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye… so I gave you mine… I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.
  • I was never upset at you for anything you did… the couple times thatyou were angry with me, I thought to myself, ‘it’s because he loves me…’ my son. Oh, my son… I don’t want you to cry for me, because of my death. My son, I love you my son, I love you so much.
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